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to thank the state of hawaii and the hawaiian national guard who helped us respond to the america samoa when the tsunami hit there. the challenges, again, as we know, in the pacific, the distances require us to both leverage what we have in the fema warehouses, but also our close coordination with paycom, pacific command and their resources. nancy ward, you point out, one of our regional administrators, starts to talk with counter parts in hawaii or in the territories, in the event we see something coming, again, we know the distances, we know we can't wait. we are looking at how we'll start to ship or fly resources in. this is the close coordination we have, the ability to charter aircraft and work with the department of defense for those most critical supplies. as you remember in america samoa, one of the key issues the governor had was generators and couldn't wait for them to come by barge because he had to get his critical systems back up. so we were able to task initially d.o.d. and later extractors to fly the generators in there. it goes back to the authorities. this can be vested
unmet. i talked about reducing america's dependence on oil when i was running for president. i am proud of the historic problem -- progress we have made towards that goal. we will talk about that in a little bit. i have to be honest. we run into the same political gridlock, the seema inertia that has held us back for decades. that has to change. that has to change. we cannot keep going from shock when gas prices go up to a trance when they go back down. we go back to what we are doing until there is a price spike and then we are shocked again. we cannot rush to propose action when gas prices are high and hit the snooze button when they fall. we cannot keep on doing that. the united states of america cannot afford to buy that our long term prosperity, our long- term security on a resource that will eventually run out. even before runs out, we will get more expensive -- it will get more expensive to extract from the ground. we cannot afford it when the cost is so high. not when you're generation needs to get this right. it is time to do what we can to secure our energy future. and today,
defend the constitution of the united states of america. we commissioned a survey by public opinion strategies, one of the most respected polling organizations, and let me tell you what they found. in spite of all that talk about it being about the economy and jobs, and jobs and the economy were critical, they found that 32% of the entire electorate on november 2 was made up of conservative and evangelical christians who voted 70%-21% republican, and they were the booster rocket that drove the biggest landslide in a century, and will be the key to victory in 2012 and again. i know that sometimes when people go to washington they lose 20 i.q. points, and some have more despair than others. there is a tendency sometimes among the punditocracy to think that moral issues should be kept out of polite conversation. that social conservatives should ride in the back of the bus. my message to the national republican party tonight is simple -- if you turn your backs on the pro-family-pro-life consider freezing -- constituency, you will be consigned to permanent minority status. some have sugg
of america is business. two saturdays ago, i was at south by southwest, a very exciting activity that takes place in austin, texas, it not only promotes the live music industry, which is huge in austin, live music capital of the world, but in addition, it promotes entrepreneurship among people with new, great ideas. and those new, great idea people, all -- i talk to them, they are so excited. such great young people. many of them in the high tech industry but in all the industries. those young people sat there and told me the one thing you can do that would hurt us the most is tax stock options and put up regulations that would prevent me doing what i need to do in my project. so if the government will stay out of my way and if you won't impose taxes on the very source of investment money that i'm seeking as a new entrepreneur, if you don't do those two things and you stay out of the way, i've got an idea that can change this country. and many of them have just those ideas. some of the things we have now like facebook, those things like they made a movie about and all that stuff, all that w
to america. you agree with me, dr., do you not? >> yes, sir. >> every sit down i have had, we have discussed this with the fbi about my own district. newome from paterson, jersey. we had the second-largest muslim community in the country. i grew up in the neighborhood. arabic neighborhood. eight more air big food and an italian food. that does not make me no more -- eight more arabic food than the italian food. that does not make me anymore an expert. every time i sat down with the fbi about my own district, i was told many times that there is no hidden agenda and that you need not fear the recruiting that we are talking about today in this hearing. does that mean every district in the country -- does that mean chairman king's district? i do not know. some very bad people came out of some mosques and some very bad people came out of catholic churches. we have to do everything we can to avoid a wide crushed. that gets us nowhere. we cannot defend our own children and neighborhoods if we had bad information. why should we be surprised? we know our enemies are probing the system every day. they
mechanisms to make america more secure. i started, michael followed, secretary napolitano star to do all the budgeting, and they are trying to make a more efficient organization. if they are more efficient internally, you can be more effective at sterling. the challenging that the agency still has, which we have different opinions as to what the risk is the day, although the that has evolved as appeared remember the profile of the terrorist as we knew it right after 9/11, males, arabian peninsula, 18 to 35. that has changed, and we understand that. the biggest challenge the agency still has and i remind everybody every chance we get, the agency is a consumer of information. it does not generate intelligence. all three of us have said everybody has a role to play in homeland security, everyone, all the citizens, but the ec can only act based on the information it is given, and i think eight years later, one of the big challenges is making sure that the department of homeland security has enough information so they can share with our partners, private or public. from my perspective, it is
for an alleged and erroneous connection to demand action -- to domestic terrorism. this is what america sometimes does when faced with crisis and fear. john adams sought and got the alien act. thousands were arrested for anti-war abuse during the world war roman one era. the japanese americans were tossed into internment camps. senator mccarthy met his downfall. he met his downfall when they said "had you know sense of decency -- have you no sense of decency?" focusing on the entire american muslim community to reduce terrorism is bad law enforcement and based on erroneous facts and flawed policies and theories. there is a basic distinction between belief systems and violent or criminal actions. political moderates are required to full protection. they said that extremism is no vice. they have radical extreme beliefs. we can all hold such a release of out this. these are pretty good subjects. the belief systems are not. they have a missed opportunity to find the similarities among all of those that commit acts of violence. there is more in common with a tax protester that flew a plane into the ir
and washington needs to be changed not necessarily america needing to be changed. and that is so important for us as americans that we get back to our founding documents to realize the truths and principles that are in these documents that our founding fathers wrote over 200-some years ago and i would like to read a couple of lines from the declaration of independence, as mr. garrett was referring to. earlier, the freedom and the opportunity that each of us that americans have that is given to us by our creator, but also the declaration of independence and constitution gives us rights and freedoms as well and i will refer to these lines in the declaration of independence. many of these are familiar to us. we hold these truths to be self-evident, all men are created equal and endowed with certain inalien able rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. i would submit, mr. speaker, that the people are the ones who are giving us the power to govern and that the constituti
to deal with the regulations, none of them will be made in the united states of america. they are made in china. and i think that is one example that shows this. we can restore american economic competenttiveness and protect the american people and do it in such a way that it is in context and not putting layer or layer that increases the size of government and increases the size of our pocketbook and i yield back. mr. carter: those are excellent comments and those light bulbs are a particular sticking point in my life. i don't like being mandated to purchase anything, quite honestly, by the government and it's really kind of hipt critical to say everyone has to use these lights and can't make them in our country and we create the regulators. i guess what we are trying to say to folks out there and the people in this chamber, that it's time to take a look at this secret world of regulators. i don't think i would make a bad estimate if regulations were presented on both sides of paper like that size paper, and this chamber has, what, 80-foot ceilings, 100-foot ceilings and it's probably
and independent insurance agents and brokers of america and president of ericson insurance services in washington depot, connecticut. frank nutter, president reinsurance association of america, washington, d.c. sandra parrillo, chair of the national association of mutual insurance companies and president and ceo of providence mutual fire insurance company, warwick, rhode island. then donna jallick, on behalf of the property casualty insurance association of america and vice president flood operations. harleysville insurance, harle harleysville, pennsylvania. and last but not least, barry rutenberg, first vice chair, chairman national association of home builders, washington, d.c. welcome to you all. as you heard, i'm sure, if you can limit your testimony to five minutes and after that we'll have the question and answers. so mr. ellis, if you would like to begin for five minutes, you're recognized. >> thank you. good morning, chairman biggert, ranking member gutierrez, members of the subcommittee, i am steve ellis, vice president of taxpayers for common sense, a national nonpartisan budget watchdo
to get rid of the large magazines. because there is no place in america anymore that is safe. this could happen any time, anyplace and so with that i thank you for listening to me tonight and i thank my friend for standing here with me and talking about it. i will say in closing, it's 17 years since an incident happened to my family, there does not a day go by that i don't remember what happened and that's why i continue to fight for this issue. i don't want another family to go through the pain. i don't want to see another person die. i don't want to see someone injured for the rest of their life and to fight those battles. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey -- mrs. mccarthy: madam speaker, i move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10 up a bill to ext
on the state of public education in america today? >> i will go first. she is the boss. the real answer is it sucks. we are nowhere near where we need to be. there should be an outrage. there should be a national crisis. we should all be waving the flag and doing everything we can. the children in schools today will be the first generation that are less educated than their parents. that, to me, is alarming. the richest, most powerful country in the world is losing its competitive advantage. secondly, if you go out 10 or 20 years, there will be 120 million jobs that will require a high skill employees. at the rate we are going, we will only have 50 million kids to fill those jobs. that means 70 million will be filled by children from china and india. that is not a good state. thirdly, we are spending twice as much money as we were 30 years ago and the results or not any better. as a country we need to make this a top priority. it is not just for washington. it is all of us doing our part whether you have kids or not. there are too many kids who are languishing in schools that are not doi
. they are working on and around it. it seems like a blessing. >> it look like a was maybe south america or the amazon basin. it was just a beautiful. i cannot take in the scenery. it was exciting and a hard to tear my eyes away from it. >> what was your most challenging task? were there any surprises? of the most surprising moments so far? >> it has been a pleasure so far. i think the most challenging time year -- the challenge looks very complex. i think those are the most challenging times. we get to do with no problems. >> what has been the most challenging part and the most rewarding part of your shuttle ? >> the most challenging part was getting up to speed and trying to get up to speed with everything else. this was clearly the most difficult part. the best part was getting to work with the crew. this has been great. it has been fantastic. >> not a question for the west coast. >> we are consulting. i think the favorite story for this mission so far was -- and i am sure there are more to come -- when he was taking a pump module off of a transporter on the segment. mike verot and sc
to get the job growth. it comes right away. america is at a cross roads. there's different ways to do it. this study also shows if you raise taxes, it's not a way to end a crisis. if you cut government debt, private sector grows, jobs grow. i want you to take one moment and imagine, imagine the potential for all americans if they were freed of the burden of the debt that we have before us. that's the path we're on, so as republicans stated in their pledge they are here to grow jobs and cut government spending and kevin brady and the joint economic have just found out by the facts that everybody else that that is actually what works, proven, and that's the path we're on. i can't thank kevin enough for the work they have done. >> i serve in the ways and means committee, and you can imagine there two basic pathways to try to close a budget gap. one is to raise taxes, and the other is to cut spending. what the joint economic commission has demonstrated is a global perspective and a his historical perspective that sets out a pathway that's straightforward. it's not easy, but it's clear, and i
hand and effective representation of the united states of america never cease to impress and amaze me especially during crisis like those we face throughout northern africa and the middle east, and we thank you. in this time of fiscal belt tightening, it's important that we not lose site that diplomacy and development are crucial to promoting stability, improving economies, sustaining peace. these investments help prevent threats to our national security and cost far less in lives and treasure than deployment of troops. we cannot let our current fiscal crisis create a future security crisis by cutting these invaluable programs. that is why i'm particularly pleased, the president requested $27 billion to support global development in fiscal year 2012. assistance for addressing global climate change, food security, and health challenges help create the conditions in developing countries for the growth of democracy, economic expansion, and ultimately increase stability. in addition, this budget requests would advance our security imperatives to both encounter drugs and anticrime programs
to continue to build a stronger america one child, one family, one community at a time. and, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the virgin islands for the purpose of her motion. mrs. christensen: mr. speaker, i move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow for morning >> today the world's eyes are fixed on libya. we have seen colonel gaddafi's security forces open fire on peaceful protestors again and again. they have used heavy weapons on unarmed citizens. they are attacking demonstrators. there are reports of soldiers executed for refusing to turn their guns on their fellow citizens of indiscriminate killings, arbitrary arrests and torture. colonel gaddafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common d
god for 9/11, america is doomed. thank god for ieds. thank god for dead soldiers. god hates you and you are going to hell which was a sign that seemed most directed at lance corporal snyder. the family brought an action for various support liability claims including intentional affliction of emotional distress and prevailed in a jury verdict including an 8 million-dollar punitive damage judgment that was remitted to $2 million. the supreme court held that action was hard by the first amendment. the opinion by chief justice roberts. events as the court sense of sympathy for the families. the chief justice says that the record makes clear that the applicable legal term emotional distress fails to capture fully the anguish westborough's choice added to mr. schneider's already incalculable grief, but on the legal question of whether the first amendment prohibits holding westborough liable for its speech in this case, the court held that it did prohibit liability for that speech. a bipartisan group of senators led by mitch mcconnell on the republican side filed in support of the fami
six weeks, screaming headlines that that area was the pain prescription capital of america. which prompted me to start an organization called the night. recall that unite. we have 2600 undercover agents who do nothing but arrest people selling drugs. they have put in jail 3700 pusher selling these drugs from the flamingo road the source. we have kids in hospitals every day. kids dying every day in emergency rooms. we have built treatment centers. i go to graduations for people who have kicked these things and here wonderful tales. it is a pervasive, deep, widespread problem, killing more people than automobiles, yet you sit there and say we will not talk about changing the prescription rules for this killer drug. and i won't rest until we see an answer, ma'am. >> i am happy to continue to examine these questions and go back with our expert team. my point is if we really want to make a meaningful and enduring difference, it is a different problem than simply changing the indication. whether it is an indication for severe or moderate, to prescribe. this ultimately making the decisio
the dividend to shareholders or invest in the company then never have it use in america. >> host: congressman greg walden is chairman of the commerce subcommittee on communications and technology. mike zapler with the politico, thank you both. >> guest: thank you. >> guest: thank you. right now you can listen to c-span signature programming with itunes or it your mp3 player. there is a story today from c-span radio's washington today, the latest books and authors on after words. people in the news on newsmakers and interesting conversation on q&a. listen to a variety of public affairs podcast whenever you want. everything you need to know is on line at c-span.org/podcast. now a discussion on the current state of lobbying rules and regulations. this is hosted by the sunlight foundation. in it is about an hour and 30 minutes. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon everyone. welcome to the washington -- discussion of the challenges facing reforms in the actions needed to enact real-time lobbying disclosure in washington. this is an event put together by the advisory committee on transparenc
of the most respected and passionate journalist on television. as anger of good morning america, -- as anger -- anchor, she has shown the worst that sheet -- there is nothing but she cannot do. her career began in 1968 with a literature graduate decided to take a noun likely turn -- unlikely turn. she practiced shooting with a camera herself. she next went to washington to observe a presidency firsthand. she stayed on to help nixon write his memoirs. in 1978, she returned to the news, cbs. in 1984, she made history by becoming the first woman on "60 minutes." in 1989, she joined abc news to create an innovative new magazine program. every week, she traveled the world and interviewed newsmakers. for the years, as she has done award winning investigations into racism, fraud, and the care of a vulnerable. >> they search for someone to help them just a few hundred dollars, but the church is portrayed no money can be found. >> i am never going to get it. >> i am diane sawyer from louisville, kentucky, the new kid on the block. >> in 1999, the she added another job. two years later, she and charli
and debbie goldman of the communications workman of america. thank you for being on the communicators. we are joined by bob goodlatte, republican of virginia, who's remember of the house judiciary committee, in fact, he's chairman of the intellectual property, competition, and the internet subcommittee. congressman goodlatte, in news report, you said you will be holding hearings on the proposed deal between at&t, and t-mobile. what are you looking to find out from these hearings? obviously, two things, one we want to determine whether it deal is a good idea. whether creating what will be the largest wireless company in america, obviously raises very significant competition issues in terms of the availability of services and in terms of pricing, you know, is this going to be helpful to the consumers, or is it going to be harmful. secondly, we are just beginning this process, the justice department and the federal communications commission has a responsibility for reviewing this under our antitrust laws. and we need to make sure that they are pursuing this in an appropriate manner. in other
. there is no, no, no, no acceptable rationale for america being anything other than number one in the world. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you, everybody. please, have a seat. have a seat. thank you very much. thank you. thank you, everybody. please come have a seat. thank you so much. well, thank you, joe. thank due to the members of my cabinet and my administration who are here. thank you, governor gregoire and governor heineman for your outstanding leadership, and i also want to acknowledge ray scheppach. he's3 scheppach. he's been an nba executive director for 28 years and this is his final meeting. thank you for your extraordinary service. [applause] thank you. >> so i hope everyone had fun last night. i know that you had a wonderful time listening to meshaal and jill -- michelle and jill. joe's main function is to provide a buffer between me and them so i don't have to follow them immediately because they are really good and care deeply about what's happening with the military families. i hope today all o
too much and borrows too much is not the kind of leadership america deserves. i'm disappointed to see this lack of leadership in the administration's budget proposal for the department of education which includes a request for $48.8 billion in so-called, quote, nonpel discretionary spending. closed quote. this is a new term or phrase for washington and it attempts to conceal the true costs associated with the proposal. behind this gimmick lies an additional request for $28.6 billion in discretionary spending for the pell grant program, as well as $12.6 billion in mandatory costs, a total request of $41.2 billion for the program. here's the bottom line. the department is asking to spend nearly $90 billion during the next fiscal year, a 31% increase in the department's budget from the time the president took office. shouldn't have to tell anyone here that this kind of spending is unsustainable and keeps pell grants on the path to bankruptcy. we have to make tough choices to ensure the important program remains available for the students who need it most. when in the future is a goal we
is different. >> it is true that america cannot use our military were ever repression of kurds. given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. but that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what is right. in this particular country at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop the violence. it was an international mandate for action. we had a broad coalition prepared to join us with the support of arab countries and a plea from the libyan people themselves. >> return to your phone calls to ask if the president effectively made the rationale for you. >> thank you for taking my call. i believe the president did not make any case tonight. the u.s. cannot afford to be selective. the reason why the u.n. went to war in libya is not recognized. i think the reason is the u.s. is spiting -- fighting. this is just a grudge that has gotten intense between the u.s. and libya for the last three or four decades. those who have joined them want the libyan oi
and age. they could just say no, and so when the president calls the men and women of america have answered overwhelmingly in the last 20 years, and you think of that. the loss of life and the challenges the men and women have come back and the injuries, but they still answered that call. i think this is a remarkable nation. don't question anyone who did not do that. they wanted to do it and i think that is the whole generation. it is not just them themselves, but their friends and neighbors and all that are willing when they made that decision, making sure they supported them. that is why i firmly believe that our country will be in better hands continually with another generation. when we talk about chicago and we talk about the region, that is what it is. is not just chicago itself. does not just western or northern or southern suburbs. i went out to springfield in 1972 is a state senator. i didn't realize that old park and evergreen park was downstate illinois. [laughter] that really woke me up. and i had the privilege of being a senator, and my father went into the general ass
america foundation. we thank you. this is a ritualistic thing that we do in washington, but it is important. please silence your cell phones, iphones, and every other electronic device so that we don't interfere with the a lot -- conversation. you have the ability to bring your own questions to general patraeus to be the national journal staff will circulate taking questions which will then be filtered -- not filtered, but applied on a. [laughter] you know, -- >> you said filtered earlier. >> as you can tell, i did not survive st. patrick's day intact. they will not be filtered. they will be put into an ipad which i will then quite elegantly used letter in about a half-hour, and we will have those questions and mine for the general after the first half-hour which will be led by michael lohan and. again, no filtering. if you want to, and are so motivated and our twitter savvy, as this conversation continues we encourage you to tweet what you are observing and how you are taking this and at the hash tag. you know what that is. in the j patraeus. i would like to turn this
, but america would lose so much tomorrow because these cuts are made arbitrarily without regard to the consequences, that's why independent economists believe it would hurt our economy, cut growth and jobs. we can't afford that. yesterday on national public radio, they had more than 300 economists saying with one voice, don't do this. we can't be blinded by the big numbers in the house republican plan. we have to scrutinize how they cut $63 billion, and the truth is if it adds up to $61 billion through significant subtraction of programs the american people don't want to lose. it slices more than a billion dollars from social security, a billion. that means half a million seniors who paid in social security their entire lives, and now are eligible for it, wouldn't be able to get the benefits promised to them. there's no one to process the claims. it cuts $700 billion from education which means a million disadvantaged students can lose funding, and more than 10,000 teachers, aides, and school staff lose their jobs. it would take 200,000 children out of the head start program. the
, not just one or the other. so bank of america, as i said, didn't pay a penny of federal income tax in 2009. bow boeing, despite receiving, didn't pay a dime incorporate income tax between 2008, 2009 or 2010. citygroup, deferred income taxes amounted to a grand total of zero. tamente, siti group paid its staff lavishly. one member of the investment bank is the highest paid executive for the second year in a row, he got $9.5 million. sitigroup is a big tarp recipient. exxon mobil, big oil tax chargers, used oil subsidiaries in the caribbean and they paid taxes in 2009, not a single penny of it went to the american treasury. this is the same year that the company over took wal-mart in fortune 500 and exxon mobil c.e.o., 29 million. general electric, 2009, world's largest corporation filed more than 7,000 tax returns and still didn't pay anything to the american government. g.e. managed to do this with a rigid tax code that subsidizes companies for losing money. with the aid of republicans in congress whose campaigns they financed they exploited our tax codes and who do republicans blame? the
] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning. thank you all for being here. the attacks on america by islamist terrorists on 9/11 took place almost a decade ago, but the memories of that day are still searing. the attacks and did thousands of lives, changed families forever and forced the country into another world wide war. we all remember that morning. i know we will want to the moment we leave earth. the nation watched on television as those extraordinary might be the twin towers of the world trade center collapsed into a pile of smoking rebel taking so many innocent lives with them. american airlines, 70,000 smashed into the pentagon and set it ablaze and in the fields near shanks bill pennsylvania we solve the smoldering crash of united flight 93 whose brief passengers fought to retake the plan from the terrorists who had targeted washington, d.c., probably targeted this very place where we are, capitol hill, and by their heroism saved hundreds if not thousands of additional lives. but even as we mourn, we began to ask -- when i say we i mean not just those of us privileged to serve your
and rapid succession that had already resulted in twice as many deaths as al qaeda's attack on america 9/11 and of course no one believes that the deaths and the finding of the day is over yet. the earthquake and the tsunami have also caused fires and explosions of nuclear power plants that could have nightmares consequences for japan and perhaps other countries as well. japan has been considered the gold standard of earthquake preparedness because they had repeated experience with earthquakes, but this earthquake registered 9.0 on the richter scale. when i say that i always remember the great san francisco earthquake was apparently 7.6 on the richter scale so you can imagine the consequences here. the ways of disaster set off by this earthquake in japan have exceeded the country's extraordinary preparations. so the event of the past week in japan lind a sense of urgency to our hearing today and as we asked how well-prepared is america for a catastrophe perhaps women equal to that occurring now in japan. our committee called its 2006 report about fema's response to hurricane katrina, quo
, that's the future of america. no, it's not. time and again when we sit down to deal with the budget challenges, whether it's in the deficit commission, which i was honest servicessered to serve on -- which i was honored to serve on, or whether it's in past negotiations, we open this table up to all federal spending, not just to 14%, that tiny slice of a pie. senator mcconnell c remembe remember, and i can too, under president herbert walker bush and under president clinton, we put on the table these tax breaks for some of these oil companies and corporations and said, is it really worth america's future for us to give them a tax break or to use the money to reduce the deficit? that's an honest question. mandatory spending. all of these things need to be brought to the table for conversation. but that's not the position of the republicans. they would rather see us shut down the government than to open this conversation to the entire federal budget. they would rather see us shut down the government than fight to make sure that education and training, research and innovation, and infra
's number one. that's out there. that was demonstrated for all of america to see. we are also in the process of making sure that washington begins to do what every american family and small businessperson is having to do right now. it's called tightening the belt. it's called trying to learn how to do more with less. . and inherently what that means is we got to start prioritizing the things that are important to the american people. the problem is we've seen n.p.r. and its programming often veer far from what most americans would like to see as far as the expenditure of their taxpayer dollars. that's the bottom line. nobody's on a rampage. nobody is trying to say that we don't like n.p.r. for n.p.r.'s sake. we've seen how they spend their money. it's time to prioritize. it's time to reflect the common sense of the american people, and that's why the bill takes the form that it does. it says that we've got to go, number one, listen to the executives at n.p.r. that says they don't need taxpayer funding. well, listen, we are all about looking for ways to cut right now and save on both sides of
have also reaffirmed our commitment to end hunger in america in 2015. as many of you know, this is women's history month. we were just talking about this before we came in, and just last week, the obama administration released a new report called "women in america, and it's the first report on the status of women since the commission of the status of women established by president kennedy and shared by elenor roosevelt in 1963, and i said it's time for another one, and we did one last week. [applause] we had a lot to say. the president understands the issues facing women today are not just women's issues, but issues for the entire family. the president's commitment to women was shaped by growing up watching his single mother who often had to struggle to make ends meet trying to balance the demands of a very busy career with the needs of her children. his grandmother who also helped to raise him hit a glass ceiling while working at the bank, and his president supported the first lady throughout her career, and he is looking forward to watching his two daughters grow up in a
airports. we have a true threat in the united states of america. but at the same time, we also need to uphold our freedoms and liberties, civil liberties and oftentimes i think there's a choice that is given that we need to give up our personal privacy in the name of security and that is in part what we are going to talk about today. i'd like to welcome the ranking member of the subcommittee and those of you watching our live webcast oversight dhaka house of god. i want to thank you for joining us. we will seek testimony from private secretary witnesses from the united states security programs and policies and their relationship to the fourth amendment of the constitution. the united states continues to face serious threats from al qaeda and other terrorist groups since line 11 terse six-point to the american airport security checkpoints and by all accounts will continue to try to do so. december 22nd, 20018 her service ordered a flight from paris to miami where he attempted to detonate explosives active issues. if not for the efforts of passengers and flight attendants and malfunct
one is -- here is some of what america was sing. this is part of an abc news special. they broke into regular programming. it was probably around 3:30. >> we want to remind you once again, -- we will have more details on abc news. >> this has been a bulletin from abc news washington. [unintelligible] >> the president is in stable condition. according to this, he is in stable condition. the president was hit. he was hit in the left chest, we are told he is all right. >> so that is a remarkable piece -- and unusually remarkable piece of network television. again, it was pre cable. everything up to that time was usually packaged and prepared. it was life. and the media did not get it right to begin with. >> you did, judy. [laughter] >> seriously, and that situation, they have information coming in and it was incomplete. >> the whole information on the entire thing was incomplete. even at the white house they did not know what was going on. it finally sent everyone to the hospital. there were getting reports back trickling in. through my research, i realized he had already been taken
share here in america about individuality and privacy. the entire goal of the drafting process we're using to write a commercial privacy bill of rights is to win proprivacy and proinnovation experts over to the side of establishing a code of conducts so not just their customers are protected, but generally protected in the course of commerce, and i think we all benefit by that. i believe that gaining these allies depends on our willingness to recognize and respect the obvious good that can come from appropriate collection and the use of data while also allowing for experimentation and flexibility in the implementation of privacy practices through the establishment of safe harbor programs, so we approach this with, with a real open mind, and i think people will acknowledge a fair amount of reasonableness and flexibility, but we can't let the status quo stand. we can't continue to allow the collector's of people's information to dictate the level privacy protection that americans get when they engage in commerce, and we can't continue to let the firms that provide no protections pro
report entitled america's housing market. i read it thoroughly and while it might be a little light on some specifics in some areas and without a single concrete position on a way for word i believe it does come to a number of conclusions the will be very helpful for members to grasp as we move forward with the state. the first conclusion is that the federal government housing policy did play a significant leading role in the financial crisis of 2008 and the ongoing bailout of fannie and freddie is over $150 billion counting and in that dwarfs all other bailouts that occurred during the crisis. the second conclusion is that specific entities, fannie and freddie mac must be terminated and should never come back to life. and this is important for everyone from the members to industry community groups and taxpayers to understand that point. i agree with the administration these entities must be put on a path to a resolution and i will work closely with the administration to see that that is accomplished. the report is a purely private mortgage finance market is very serious and an achi
a political perspective. it is very important for america and europe and the world to prioritize women's rights as a policy. in my opinion, women are implicated for the direction of society. we cannot look at the muslim issue. secretary clinton really makes the point over and over again. we have to be consistent in how we can do much more. it is not only -- it is incorporating women in all sectors of the economy. >> there is nothing more powerful than the personal connection. we ask every single woman from around the world to sponsor one woman at a time by giving $27 a month and exchanging pictures with her. in iraq, we met with one woman. she said, "pike place rosewater -- i place rosewater." she is an american. she exchanged letters with me. she tells me about her life. she is my sister. there is nothing at the end of the day in the act of helping each other -- it is a very personal connection that we are both sharing. when i work on different issues in the country, we use the story of a american woman who was domestically violated. iraqi women always say, "really? it happens in amer
. there is a fine out there that says god hates america. i don't think we could have acclaimed there but if they infected disrupted the funeral, i do think in some set of facts or could be a claim. >> council, i am trying to tease out the importance of whether the person is a -- figure. a private person or a public figure. does it make a difference if i am a rafting public comments to a public or private figure? >> well, in the context of defamation, we had the rosenbloom followed by the gertz decision. >> i am talking about in terms of infliction of emotional distress. if i am talking to you as a marine, if you were a marine and i was talking about the iran war, and saying that you are perpetuating the horrors that america is doing and said other things that were offensive, which you have a cause of action because you are being called to perv -- a perpetrator of the american experience? >> i think there has to be a lot more facts involved. >> but you are saying yes, so a speech on a public matter is directed to a private person should be treated differently under the law? i th
about libya, i always -- i tried to distinguish between washington and the rest of america. i think there's rules between london and the rest of the uk. i mean by london, the politics and the special interest, and the lobbying and so on and so forth. the arms lobbies and oil lob business. no, i think it's a cop out, mr. ambassador, we were for national interest and that's it. that's not how democracy functions. democracy has values and positions. they don't want to deal with someone that's oppressing his people and killing his people for the last 40 years. >> the point that you were making is the british people didn't rise up in the streets. >> the british people didn't know how tony blair was sitting in a tent making deals in the dark with colonel gadhafi about what's next. the contracts to be given to the uk, just like america and other cynics, french and so forth. i don't mean the french as the french people, i mean paris. as a human being and citizen, what is the government? why does the bbc exist and other media outlet? to put you folks in power your view with the principals an
murdered that day in america. our morning mackall for their def have always been compounded by the knowledge that those attacks might have been prevented, certainly that was the implication of the 9/11 commission report had our intelligence and law enforcement agencies shared the disparate facts gathered enabling us to connect the dots. to prevent this from happening again, congress passed several always intended to strengthen information sharing among criminal federal agencies. those acts included the homeland security act, the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act and patriot act. since then the executive branch i think has made significant improvements in its information sharing systems and there is no question far more information is now available to partners and other agencies to have a legitimate need for it. all of this intelligence as further brought together at keynote such as the national counterterrorism center where it can be examined by intelligence specialists from a variety of agencies working together under one roof. and as a result, we've seen a n
c-span, washington your way, a public service created by america's cable companies. >> general petraeus was on capitol hill for the first time since taking over in afghanistan. he laid out his assessment of progress in that country as the u.s. begins to withdraw forces this summer. after that, tim geithner talk about changes to the mortgage finance system. today the house passed a spending measure while cutting $6 billion in spending. we will have that debate later. >> in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave no child behind, we need to help every child get ahead. >> president obama has called on congress to overhaul and no child left behind education law. follow its law from the start in the bush administration, its opponents and detractors, and where it stands on line. that search, watch, clip, and share. it is washington your way. >> the general also talked about the obama administration's drawdown of u.s. trip and afghanistan started this summer. this is chaired by a michigan democrat, levin. >> good morning everybody. i am going to ask them to consider 200 military n
in america's history where the american people should understand what's going on in the house and senate. you can argue whether or not it's a good idea, but i think it was the right thing to do. i never liked secret holes. i like holes, but not secret holes. i tried several times to try to get a grip or secret holings. all remember now the hole is a huge problem for the leader in both parts because you have these secret holes coming down out of the rafters and stopping a bill, and quite often majority leader would be trying to move the bill, and then not only were they secrets, they got what i hated the most, rolling holes which is one side determining which senator was holding it, and i went to talk to him or her, and he said, oh, no, no, i'm not holding it, and then, boom, another hole dropped on it. i felt there needed to be reform there. there's no question that the difficulty in getting people to accept nominations to executive positions and difficulty you go through and the confirmation, length of time, regardless of republican -- goodor democrat is outrageous. they took a third of the
home was the most that many of us had. can you elaborate on why inequality is bad for america? it exacerbated and equality. >> it is part of the american ideal that everyone has opportunities to advance themselves economically. i take it as self evident that it will be one that it is not as broadly spread as it should be. from people will suffer deprivation. i hope we could move toward a more equal society. my own view is that education has a lot to do with it. public and private schools has a great deal of variation and equality. there is the amount of time the students spend in school. given the globalize society, it will lead to increasing differences in wealth. tax policy can help. it is progressive taxes. taken help close the gaps. fundamentally, i need to have opportunity. it requires them to have the education and skills. >> thank you. i want to follow up on a line of questioning. when i talk to ceos, this is a great concern, when i believe has economic growth. i will cut today while i was putting on my tie. he stated his number one concern was the national debt. a year
the first women president in latin america to get there on their own, not through marriage or otherwise. president bachelet became one the most popular presidents in chilean history and role model. one the young women this inspired, michelle is with us. she's a senior at hunter college, studying political science and history. she's also earning a certificate in human rights here. last semester, she interned at the u.n., and hoping to follow as a leader in international politics and gender equality. it's a pleasure to introduce her. i would like to introduce phil -- phyllis kossoff as well as. her grandson graduated from hunter college this past january. she is truly one the most devoted alumni and friends. it is her generosity that made today possible. please thank phyllis for the gift of this lecture and everything that you do for hunter. [applause] [applause] >> it is a great honor to invite michelle bachelet to the podium. how proud she will be joined by one of hunter's own, professor of political science robert jenkins. jenkins is a lead author on the report to the u.n. security cou
the office of nuclear energy and while we await guidance from the commission on america's nuclear future we are conducting research and development into a broad range of options for the nation's fuel cycle with careful attention to safety and environmental protection and nonproliferation. safety of the future systems is key to all of the programs. selected research areas like worker and fuel claddings that cannot generate hydrogen in an accident and fuels but virtually impossible to melt have the jury is obvious relevance and the modeling and simulation hub based at oak ridge national laboratories would be providing important to keep what is the knipling industry capabilities that can be used to assess and improve the safety of existing and future reactors. i concur with the recent statement made by deputy secretary that we view nuclear energy as a very important component to the overall portfolio we are trying to build for the clean energy future. the programs of the office of a nuclear energy that the option for seat nuclear power remains open to the nation. by way of concluding the brief
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